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Russia

Banking and finance: Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 1

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm leads as ‘the top domestic counsel for Russian clients’. Led by Anton Dzhuplin, the team ‘takes a collaborative approach to solving complex issues’ and stands out for its ‘responsiveness and ability to act quickly and thoroughly in order to achieve successful results’. Dzhuplin supported by Ekaterina Mayorova and Ekaterina Boeva are advising Coeclerici Commodities and its Russian subsidiary Kuznetsk Investment Construction Company on a loan provided by Unicredit Bank. The team also assisted Sib Trading with the acquisition finance of Sibenergougol, which included complex structuring issues and negotiations with Gazprombank. Alexander Zharskiy is highly regarded for debt refinancing. The practice also handles various issues for Mastercard, including matters relating to financial developments and regulatory changes to the payment industry.

Leading individuals

Alexander Zharskiy - ALRUD Law Firm

Anton Dzhuplin - ALRUD Law Firm

Next Generation Partners

Ekaterina Mayorova - ALRUD Law Firm

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Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 2

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm has one of ‘the most experienced and well-connected Russian banking practices’, according to one client. It continues to be highly sought after by major international and Russian financial institutions and has a particularly strong relationship with the Russian Direct Investment Fund; it recently advised the client on the project financing of several major PPP projects. The team, which is led by Anton Dzhuplin, advised Bank of Baroda, one of India's largest banks, on a credit facility granted to a Russian pharmaceutical group and subsequent restructuring. Other highlights include its assistance to Rosbank with facility and security agreements granted to the Rosneft Oil Company group, including pledges of shares, mortgages over vessels and security assignment. Alexander Zharskiy and Ekaterina Mayorova are also noted.

Leading individuals

Alexander Zharskiy - ALRUD Law Firm

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm ’s ‘top level’ team is highly recommended for its ‘ability to find the right solutions for the client’ and its ‘strong commitment to achieve the required result’. Key practitioner Anton Dzhuplin and senior associate Ekaterina Mayorova advised Huntsman on entering into a Russian ISDA with Citibank, and Maire Tecnimont on a hedging agreement based on Russian ISDA agreements. The team is also experienced in advising issuers and investment banks on the Russian law aspects of international and domestic securities offerings and the requirements applicable to issuers on foreign stock exchanges.

Next Generation Partners

Ekaterina Mayorova - ALRUD Law Firm

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Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow
Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow - ranked: tier 1

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm’s ‘market-leading’ team retains a strong reputation as ‘the go-to firm’ for foreign investors and is notably active in headline inbound M&A transactions and joint venture projects within Russian and the CIS region. Alexander Zharskiy, a ‘widely recognised expert in corporate and cross-border transactions’, leads the sizeable team. In recent work, the group advised on the acquisition of a 14.2% stake in Rosneft by CEFC China Energy Company from Glencore and Qatar Investment Authority in a deal worth $9.2bn. In another highlight, the practice assisted Uber Technologies with a $325m multi-jurisdictional joint venture operation with Yandex across six CIS countries. Anton Dzhuplin acted for Sib Trading on the complex acquisition of Sibenergougol and its subsidiaries from the SDS Ugol group. Oleg Ezhov and Timur Akhundov assist Russian and foreign companies with acquisitions, in-bound investments and joint ventures.

Leading individuals

Alexander Zharskiy - ALRUD Law Firm

Anton Dzhuplin - ALRUD Law Firm

Next Generation Partners

Oleg Ezhov - ALRUD Law Firm

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 1

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm is ‘the go-to Russian firm for competition law’. The ‘exceptionally strong’ team adopts ‘a pragmatic approach in supporting clients’ and ‘responds extremely quickly, after having performed its own in-depth research’. Practice co-heads Vassily Rudomino, ‘a very capable and serious professional’, and German Zakharov, ‘highly skilled and great at bringing results’, jointly led the team in representing multinational company Bayer in precedent-setting proceedings against the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS). The case concerned the highly publicised $66bn acquisition of Monsanto, which closed in June 2018. Senior associates Ksenia Tarkhova and Ruslana Karimova are also noted.

Leading individuals

Vassily Rudomino - ALRUD Law Firm

Next Generation Partners

German Zakharov - ALRUD Law Firm

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Dispute resolution: Litigation
Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 2

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm's litigation practice stands out for its ‘ability to think outside of the box, its effective strategies, strong anticipation skills and excellent teamwork throughout’. The practice regularly handles commercial disputes, including administrative, and debt-related litigation, and is particularly noted for its strengths in competition-related disputes. Recently promoted partner Magomed Gasanov is ‘a skilled litigator, knowledgeable in the nuances of procedural rules and provides strong realistic legal strategies’. Sergey Petrachkov stands out as ‘a scrupulous lawyer who takes every opportunity to turn it around to the client's benefit’. Boris Ostroukhov and Dmitry Eberents are also names to note.

Next Generation Partners

Magomed Gasanov - ALRUD Law Firm

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation - ranked: tier 3

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm's team ‘suggests unique solutions and strategies for complex cases’ and has a strong track record in representing automobile, retail and construction sector clients in commercial and insolvency-related disputes. Insolvency partner Sergey Petrachkov, who is ‘a very scrupulous lawyer who pays attention to every detail’, recently represented an automobile manufacturer before the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce. Other figures to note from the cross-departmental team are Maxim Alekseyev, Andrey Zharskiy, Vassily Rudomino and Maria Ostashenko.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

ALRUD Law Firm

The core strength of ALRUD Law Firm’s employment team lies in its ‘proactive approach, flexible communication and awareness of what the client needs’. Irina Anyukhina heads the department and advises on complex cross-border workplace issues. Maria Gnutova is ‘extremely helpful’ and ‘addresses the needs of the client by suggesting really functional solutions’. Senior associate Anastasia Petrova is valued for 'her ability to communicate coherent advice with clarity’.

Leading individuals

Irina Anyukhina - ALRUD Law Firm

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm’s team is lauded for its ‘knowledge and experience in the Russian and international markets’, ‘client-driven approach’ and ‘business acumen’. Highlights included Alexander Zharskiy's advice to China Energy Company on its purported approximately $9.2bn acquisition of a 14.2% stake in Rosneft Oil from Glencore and Qatar Investment Authority. ‘Energy and mining specialist’ Andrey Zharskiy assisted China National Gold Corporation with obtaining regulatory clearance to acquire a majority stake in a Russian gold exploration and production company. The team also advised Trafigura on the $12bn acquisition of a 49% stake in India-based Essar Oil. Oleg Ezhov and Timur Akhundov are other key names.

Leading individuals

Andrey Zharskiy - ALRUD Law Firm

Next Generation Partners

Timur Akhundov - ALRUD Law Firm

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

ALRUD Law Firm

Praised for being ‘highly skilled and incredibly efficient’, ALRUD Law Firm’s IP team is also ‘unique because it includes professional patent attorneys and provides patent services in addition to high-quality legal services’. Practice head Maria Ostashenko led in assisting Italian manufacturer Ferroli with issues concerning unlawful sales of counterfeited heating and air conditioning systems. Counsel Larisa Lysenko is ‘very attentive to details and always gives business-oriented advice tailored specifically to the client’s circumstances’.

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PPP and infrastructure projects
PPP and infrastructure projects - ranked: tier 3

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm’s practice is best known for its strength in project financing and domestic and international joint developments and investments. Anton Dzhuplin, who is praised for his ability to ‘find solutions to the most difficult tasks’, is advising the Russian Direct Investment Fund on its participation and financing of $2bn Moscow Ring Road, Startup Facility No. 3. In other highlights, Andrey Zharskiy assisted Tata Power with the preparation and negotiation of framework agreements concerning the development of a coal deposit in the Far East.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 1

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm’s ‘knowledgeable and plugged-in’ team advises on family and inheritance matters, wealth management and estate planning with a niche expertise in fine art collections. Department head Maxim Alekseyev specialises in advising high-net-worth individuals on asset structuring, cross-border succession matters and divorce proceedings. Counsel Kira Egorova is ‘responsive, commercial and keenly aware of the international context within which her advice fits’.

Leading individuals

Maxim Alekseyev - ALRUD Law Firm

Next Generation Partners

Kira Egorova - ALRUD Law Firm

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm’s team advises on complex construction projects and consists of ‘great professionals and reliable advisers, who are always available and fast in their responses’. Head of the department Andrey Zharskiy, who is ‘extremely competent’, leads on assisting Vi Holding with the redevelopment of the territory of the former Tushino Airport. Associates Stanislav Veselov and Ksenia Bondarenko are other names to note.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm’s 'result-oriented team' is sought after by international and Russian corporations due to its 'good understanding of business and recent developments' in the space and strong track record in restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings. Practice head Sergey Petrachkov represents creditors and debtors in corporate restructuring and bankruptcy–related litigation, as well as coordinating and supporting criminal investigations. His recent highlights include advising Otkritie Capital International on bankruptcy-related matters relating to its acquisition by a third-party Russian investor. Anton Dzhuplin, Alexander Zharskiy, Vassily Rudomino and Magomed Gasanov are 'very knowledgeable with a proactive and solution-oriented approach'.

Next Generation Partners

Sergey Petrachkov - ALRUD Law Firm

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

ALRUD Law Firm

At ALRUD Law Firm, the TMT practice is headed by Anton Dzhuplin, whose focus is on transactional and commercial issues, and Maria Ostashenko, who advises on data protection and cybersecurity matters. The group assisted leading event organiser Mesago Messe Frankfurt with boosting its technology trade fair portfolio through the acquisition of RosMould, an innovative trade fair for mould making, prototyping and technologies. Other notable clients include Microsoft and business software development company Vaan.

Next Generation Partners

Maria Ostashenko - ALRUD Law Firm

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm is best known for its strong private client and wealth planning tax practice; its team of experienced tax practitioners, including several with a background in accountancy, provides 'assurance' through its 'high-quality advice'. Department head Maxim Alekseyev leads on domestic and international tax restructuring projects, supporting private individuals with tax planning and investment structures, as well as in tax-related disputes. Others to note are counsels Elena Novikova, who focuses on corporate tax restructuring and tax compliance, and Kira Egorova, who acts for private clients on tax planning, succession structure and shareholder agreements. Also recommended are associates Sergey Artemiev, who is ‘deeply knowledgeable of technical issues’, and 'rising star' Elena Skoptsova.

Leading individuals

Maxim Alekseyev - ALRUD Law Firm

Next Generation Partners

Elena Novikova - ALRUD Law Firm

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm's corporate crime practice spans regulatory enforcement, investigations, fraud and anti-corruption and the group regularly acts on the most complex cross-border investigations and criminal cases. Newly appointed practice head and disputes specialist Magomed Gasanov assists clients with criminal proceedings, civil and commercial matters. Vassily Rudomino regularly cooperates with US and European counsel in advising clients on anti-corruption and anti-bribery matters and preventative compliance measures. Other key figures include German Zakharov, who is experienced in major cartel investigations, Sergey Petrachkov, who handles regulatory investigations and cross-border disputes, and Irina Anyukhina, who is recommended for internal investigations.

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